NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Jackson Laboratory has bought a building on a 17-acre property in Ellsworth, Me., located a few miles from its main campus in Bar Harbor for an undisclosed sum.

Jackson Lab said yesterday that it now will undertake a process to determine which of its operations it plans to move into the 143,000 square-foot facility, which previously housed a Lowe's building supply store.

Jackson's Senior Facilities Director John Fitzpatrick said it will be a few years before the lab's employees are working at the site.

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